Photos: Sunburn 2012
India’s biggest EDM festival is moving in a positive, musically diverse direction
As always, Sunburn was split over two massive grounds. The difference between 2012’s edition and last year was that the walk between the two grounds was quite a trek. The trek that was made very often, considering the talent was quite equally divided between the two zones, which tired legs not withstanding, was a step in a positive, musically diverse direction. That’s where Sunburn truly scores – the music with fantastic sets by a spectrum of Indian artists. B.R.E.E.D, Jitter, Arjun Vagale, Pearl, Ash Roy, Brute Force, Vipul Angarish and Praveen Achary were highlights of the Indian lineup – audiences flocked to them as much as they did for visiting DJs like Paul van Dyk, Dirty Vegas, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, W&W and Marcelo Vasami. Vasami from Argentina, who’s like a young Hernan Cattaneo, played on the Canvas Stage, which was programmed beautifully, but was tucked away in a far corner of the festival surrounded by the flea market. Perhaps a better stage layout is due next time. Especially when cigarettes and drinks [overpriced as they are] are confiscated, even if purchased at the festival, as one exits one ground for the other, by security that is almost never polite.
Text: Ambika Muttoo
Photos: Kartikey Shiva